Campaign Committee for Human RightsCCHR
29 May 2009
Topic: To support the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) with its objective of assuring justice and fairness and putting an end to the culture of impunity amongst state officers, in particular, police officers who are continuously involved with crimes both through deliberative policy and practice.
Dear Director-General of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI):
I am writing regarding the Department of Special Investigations (DSI) responsibility over the case of Mr. Kiattisak Thitboonkhrong who seized by a team of police officers and found dead the next day. In accordance with Article 21 Paragraph 1(2) of the Special Investigation Act B.E. 2547 (2004), the Special Cases Committee concluded that the death of Mr. Kiattisak must be treated as a special case and that the prosecuting attorneys may participate in the trial.
In light of the information gathered over four years by the investigation team, warrants for six police officers from Muang station in Karasin state have been issued, charging them with deliberate murder and the concealing of evidence of the death. As of now, the DSI has issued a warrant for the suspected police officers to report themselves to DSI. The general public as well as domestic and international human rights organizations are keeping close tabs on developments in this case.
The Campaign Committee for Human Rights (CCHR), which is closely monitoring this case, commends the DSIs investigation which led to the issuing of warrants for the suspected state officers. These suspects might also be involved in several and continuing crimes against youth in Karasin province. The victims relatives call for the central officers and the DSI to investigate these alleged crimes. In this instance, CCHR recognizes the DSIs work and encourages it to increase its legal prosecution of state officers without allowing them to escape liability as frequently occurs due to a pervasive culture of impunity and undermine respect for the Thai justice system. If this critical case does not lead to the delivery of justice, it would be a visible example of the weakness of the Thai justice system.
The Campaign Committee for Human Rights therefore calls for complete investigation and fair and non-discriminatory administration of justice by the DSI including in the cases involving state officers. The CCHR also calls for the protection of witnesses, especially Mrs. Pikul Phromjan who is the victims relative. This is particularly important because the case is closely related with both commissioned and non-commissioned officers. The CCHR is anxious about the safety of the witness, who may encounter intimidation or violence, including the possibility of assassination. The CCHR protests the decision to allow bail for several of the suspects and demands that the remaining suspect not be allowed bail. This is critical for the fair and successful resolution of this case.
CCHR requests that these concerns receive the highest consideration.
Campaign Committee for Human Rights (CCHR)